Other Sellers on Amazon
Enter your mobile phone or email address
By pressing ‘Send link’, you agree to Amazon's Conditions of Use.
You consent to receive an automated text message from or on behalf of Amazon about the Kindle App at your mobile number above. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message and data rates may apply.
The Securitarian Personality: Trump's Base and American Politics in the Post-Trump Era Hardcover – 15 September 2020
Enhance your purchase
Frequently bought together
- Publisher : Oxford University Press USA (15 September 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0190096489
- ISBN-13 : 978-0190096489
- Dimensions : 23.37 x 3.3 x 16.26 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 410,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Review this product
Top reviews from other countries
What Hibbing has to say is, in fact, illuminating, certainly more so than some, such as those who equate Trump venerators (Hibbing’s word) with the fascist mobs of the 1930s and 40s. These folks are hardly fascists seeking world domination, according to Hibbing, just modern representatives of a universal human personality type that seeks security above all else. “Securitarians” naturally abhor “outsiders” because outsiders threaten “insiders” like themselves. Their natural opponents are “unitarians,” another universal personality type, who just happen to correspond to “liberals” or Democrats, who according to this theory, by nature welcome outsiders and denigrate insiders. So one would conclude the uncivil clash of personality types we’re witnessing today is more or less inevitable.
Indeed, Hibbing cautions liberals against trying to argue with securitarians or counter their conspiracy theories with facts. Appealing to reason, much less truth, isn’t going to work. (Presumably a securitarian arguing with a liberal is a doomed undertaking as well.) The situation is what it is. We are what we are. All we can do is try to “understand” one another, acknowledge that we’re born with these tendencies, and then....what? Clearly, all this unreasoning insecurity and brain-free outsider love bodes badly for democratic governance. In fact, it makes you wonder how a nation at the mercy of such essentially unreasonable universal personality types ever made it this far, much less as a constitutional democracy. How we got here is obviously complicated, far more complicated than the mostly undisputed facts that Trump fans prefer their own kind and liberals like to venture outside their box. Although Hibbing often hits the nail on the head with regard to the apparent imperviousness of Trump’s base to fact checks, human beings have to believe other human beings can respond to reason. As fair as he tries to be to Trump’s securitarians, he ultimately does them and the rest of us no favor by reducing us to personality types, universal or not.